May 18th, 2020

Personalized learning through projects is one answer

One thing that this pandemic has done is to create an opportunity for more relationship building between student and teacher which is the basis, I believe, for SEL in school, good academic instruction, and so much more. That said, the next step - which I feel needs to be emphasized far more - is to personalize education through project-based or problem-based learning. When students have some control over what they focus on, choices in learning, a chance to use their own voice, ability to work at their own pace, perhaps empowered to solve a community problem - then a lot of social-emotional needs are met through the actual work. See Kevin Brookhouser's book, "20time Project" for how it's done.

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I, too, am hoping for more consideration of project-based or problem-based learning. I agree SEL would be easily embedded and engagement would likely be improved. I think it's a pretty big paradigm shift for many LEAs but I see indicators of movement. Thanks for the book reference.

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Hi Sarah:
What additional supports are needed -- at a classroom, school, or district level -- to make this happen?

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Mostly, interested teachers need to be encouraged by their administrators to try the idea. It's not the usual textbook and pacing guide learning that has been the norm and some teachers maybe hesitant to try it, afraid it's not what their administrators want to see or afraid that test scores will suffer (they don't). Kevin Brookhouser's book lays out the "how to" very well.

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